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Posted by NAck on 2014-07-28 17:19. 0 comments. 15 reads
 
Thanks for the post. She has a Dr. Appt. tomorrow and I will ask. She also has a bracelet. Trying to talk her into trying it. She doesn't want to give up her independence. I understand.


Posted by NAck on 2014-07-28 14:06. 2 comments. 94 reads
 
My Mom had a pacemaker implanted several years ago. Don't know what it's called. She recently got a life alert system at home (partly against her will; we had to talk her into it) and has been wearing the necklace. She is now telling us that she can't breathe as freely when she is wearing it and feels better when she takes it off. Has anyone else had anything like this happen? I suspect she may be being manipulative since she wasn't really happy about it in the first place. I can't find anything that suggests that life alert could interfere with pacemakers and I am assuming that many others with pacemakers have life alert. HELP!



Posted by Troutfoot on 2014-07-27 10:10. 2 comments. 88 reads
 
It has been 3 months since my device was implanted and now my left breast is larger than my right.
No pain, tenderness, or discoloration.
While sleeping on my left side I do have some muscle twitching but that should not be enough to cause an enlarged breast.
I row a boat for a living and am in great shape and have even lost weight in the last few months.
So your collective thoughts are?
Ed

Posted by willronl on 2014-07-26 14:04. 8 comments. 193 reads
 
I just got my PM installed and have not sleep since. I also seem to have some high anxiety to go along with it. They set my PM on 70 and I seem to be speeding. Sleeping pills work for 4 hours only and are dangerous. Any suggestions, or is it just me.


Posted by book61 on 2014-07-26 12:24. 2 comments. 164 reads
 
Had pacemaker implanted March 2014. Been having episodes of skipped beats. Horrifying like your heart stops, flips. How can this be with a pacemaker??? Had Stress test done last week and then Echocardiogram Friday. Doc said stress test showed blood flow too slow at rest, but could be a false positive thus she ordered the echocardiogram. No results on that yet. Anyone else experience these skipped beats? If so did you see a doctor? Would appreciate any enlightenment on this matter.

Posted by MissMel on 2014-07-25 17:17. 10 comments. 279 reads
 
Hi

I'm new here. I had my PM changed yesterday, and cannot move without agony. My first PM surgery was not this painful, and my doctor assures me I am NOT NORMAL.
He suggested I go to the ER for IV pain meds, and in same breath assured me he has never had This happen before, and it must be ME. The surgeon used glue over incision, and the burning sensation when I move, try to walk, etc, feels like I have been shot.

How can this be normal. Anyone else totally bed bound after PM replacement?

Posted by Robert122085 on 2014-07-24 18:50. 1 comments. 86 reads
 
I feel like my chest down to my left elbo hurts sometimes but had it checked out and said nothing but at the bottom of the pace maker it hurts when I stretch or work out I've had it in now for almost a year and I'm only thirty I should be able to work out...
Also I'm on Paxil://Wellbutrin and I don't know if it's the drugs but I'm yawning all the time and when I do it kinda gags me feels weird

Posted by heather1723 on 2014-07-24 00:33. 1 comments. 112 reads
 
Is it possible for the pacemaker to make it's way to pushing through the skin and making it painful to the touch? This has been happening for about 3 months now and is very painful to the touch. I've had it since June 2010.

Posted by emilpacemaker on 2014-07-23 10:42. 2 comments. 114 reads
 
Hi im 28 y/o got my pm on april this year.. I dont know if I realy
need my pm in my body I cant imagine what happen to my life or inside on my heart.my blood preasure always become abnormal 140/100 or sometimes 140/90.. I feel fear to move excersise like what happen to me like this my heart beating fast when im enjoying ride to my bike! The doctors findings to me is bradycardia thats why theythey install the dualchamber pm in my chest... If I knew what feelings with pacemaker I really really deny to have it..! Any one same expirience like this im here on philipines ty

Posted by Lifeisgood on 2014-07-21 02:20. 8 comments. 341 reads
 
Please don't judge me crazy, but I've been wondering what will happen when my body is ready to die. Will the pacemaker keep on ticking and will this expand the amount of time it would take to die - waiting for the liver to give, up, the lungs, the bladder, etc? so that instead of dying, your body just hung in there! Would they remove the pacemaker when all signs of life are depleted? I asked my doctor this and he actually ran out of the office and told me I was freaking him out! and he did not reply! Seems to me the heart (if you are not having a heart attack) will continue to be nued to palpitate and keep pace if the computer pacemaker is in good condition. I hope I made myself clear. Thanks

Posted by cnelson on 2014-07-20 02:22. 2 comments. 180 reads
 
I received my first pacemaker (Medtornics) April 1, 2014. Everything went along very well for about 3 weeks, then the incision began to drain - it had looked as if it was healing very well -- the site was red, warm to touch and as the days went by drained more and more frequently - drainage was clear red orange in color. They gave me antibiotics for weeks and it continued to open and drain till the opening was about the size of a pencil eraser and the pacer was visible. May 30 they removed it and left me without a pacer for 2 weeks to heal up. Then a Boston Scientific unit was implanted on the right side on June 13. This has healed completely and seems OK to date.

The original incision (left side) continues to drain sligh...


Posted by ohnonothimagain on 2014-07-19 09:01. 6 comments. 208 reads
 
I've this has been posted elsewhere-I apologize. It's been about 18 months since my Surgery, and for the past 3-4 months the pain in my chest/left shoulder has been getting worse and worse. The pacemaker actually still "flops around" in my chest, and the wires or something protrudes from the pacemaker site. I get sick to my stomach at the seeing/feeling the pacemaker moving around and the wires protruding..I'm in constant pain, and wondered if anyone else has had the same experience. Thanks

Posted by issikkulboy on 2014-07-17 13:45. 1 comments. 116 reads
 
This year I underwent Mitral valve repair. Was done in March and although the repair was successful my heart conduction system was permanently damaged. This now requires that I undergo Pacemaker device implant permanently. Has anyone heard or have information regarding this type of issues caused by Mitral valve repair. I know that it could happen if the valve is replaced with a mechanical one but not sure if it's possible on repairs. My heart other than the valve issue was very healthy and my ejection fraction was 63% prior to my surgery. It's now at 25%.
Appreciate any feedback on this.
Regards,
Luis

Posted by stormynw on 2014-07-17 02:04. 3 comments. 199 reads
 
Have many of you had to deal with pericarditis? After my implant 8 1/2 weeks ago I've been to the E.R. 4 or 5 times now with painful breathing and a painful chest. After the first three visits (all 4-5+ hours) with NO answers other than the 3rd time they did a CT scan to rule out a blood clot in my lungs and came back and said well you don't have a blood clot and I was like… What about the pain? and the ER Dr. said well you have pain medication and I told him I wasn't looking for pain medication which obviously wasn't helping anyway being as they had administered some while I was there with no relief. I wanted some answers. At that point I mad a 2 hour plus 35 min ferry ride to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle where they diagnosed peri...


Posted by jimmowry on 2014-07-14 13:53. 0 comments. 97 reads
 
I HAVE HAD A PACEMANKER SINCE 1995 (6 TOTAL), WITHOUT ANY COMPLICATIONS. RECENTLY MY PULSE RATE HAS VARIED FROM 40 BPM TO 80 BPM. PACEMAKER CHECKUP DOES NOT SHOW ANY ABNORMAL ACTIVITY. HAS ANYONE HAD A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE?

Posted by benwhen on 2014-07-14 12:42. 2 comments. 218 reads
 
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Fluid in Pocket-Update
Posted by benwhen on 2014-07-03 17:00

Hello, I received my pacemaker 3/2014. It was recommended because I could not get my heart rate up during exercise. And a few times I would be light headed after spinning class. I am 62 years old. I noticed about 2-3 weeks ago my pacemaker seemed to stick out more and on the side of the pocket the skin was thining. Touching the thin skin you could feel fluid. It does not hurt and there is no redding or discharge. And I have no fever. I went to the cardiologist and he wants to open it up and by looking at it, he would determine if it was infected. If infected he would remove the pacemaker and the leads and then replace a new one...


Posted by LizzieB on 2014-07-13 16:55. 7 comments. 213 reads
 
So I had my pacemaker implanted yesterday, and they lost the little temporary card they were supposed to send me home with. It was supposed to be sent back to my room with me, and it was never found. Does anyone know if this is particularly important? I'm not flying any time soon, but should I ask my doctor of he can find me another one? How long does it take for the actual card to arrive?

Posted by LEW49 on 2014-07-13 14:27. 1 comments. 191 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implanted in late March of this year to treat heart block. The cardiologist assured me that I'd feel great and after the incision healed be able do anything I wanted to.
As soon as I got up and walked around the cardiac ward after the implantation, I knew something was wrong. But I was assured everything was alright. The morning after they let me out of the hospital I was back in the emergency room. I had developed in atrial flutter which was driving me into tachycardia. I was put on a beta blocker and an anticoagulant. I felt much better. Luckily the atrial flutter was a temporary condition caused by the irritation of my atrium getting used to pacemaker lead. I was able to discontinue medicine after six weeks.
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Posted by GrumpyBrew on 2014-07-12 09:44. 1 comments. 140 reads
 
I recently had my 4th pacemaker insertion and am having severe pain in my elbow while bending it and flexing it. Never had this issue before. I Don't have any signs or symptoms of infection. Anybody else have this issue.

Posted by Beautifulg1 on 2014-07-12 07:51. 3 comments. 193 reads
 
I was wondering if I could get any feedback or information on a problem I'm experiencing with my pacer. I'm having really weird sensations on the left side of my body which is the side where my device is. It feels like the left side is tingling really bad then my heart rate feels like it is getting weak and I get very very light headed as though I'm going to pass out. Then my heart will start beating really fast. When my dr put my pacer in he ablated my AV node and I have a demand pacer. But, the thing that is really scary is that it get so bad to the point I feel like I'm going to just pass out. The tingling goes up into my face also but just on the left side. It feels as though one of my wires may be frayed or gone bad. If anyone can le...




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